Baker Hughes donated $1.9 million worth of technical software and computers to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) in 2016, continuing our support of education initiatives to develop the next generation of innovators. Baker Hughes’ JewelSuite reservoir modeling software, MFrac hydraulic fracture design and simulation software and Completion ArchiTEX 3D completion design software will enhance teaching, learning and research in both the Department of Geosciences and the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State University.
This suite of modeling software is the industry standard and will give students a jump-start when they enter the job market. The donation follows numerous gifts to Penn State over the past decade. In 2013, Baker Hughes donated $350,000 to renovate and modernize the newly named Baker Hughes Production Engineering Laboratory, an educational teaching laboratory. Numerous other gifts established multiple undergraduate student scholarships. And, representatives from the company visit the university campus frequently to speak to classes and recruit students for internships and careers.
“I’m proud of the work that Penn State does to develop new generations of innovators in our industry, and we at Baker Hughes are excited to provide a software gift that will help to further Penn State’s research and educational mission,” said Martin Craighead, Chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes, who graduated from Penn State in 1982 with a B.S. in petroleum and natural gas engineering. “It’s important that we devote resources to help train top talent, and partnering with Penn State and other universities is an excellent way to do that.”
Baker Hughes has a longstanding commitment to education, with partnerships in key locations where we operate. In Angola, we’ve sponsored scholarships and educational programs for more than eight years. And, our employees engage routinely with students in their area, hosting numerous educational visits to our facilities and visiting local schools to foster an understanding about Baker Hughes and our work. Just a few of these educational outreach activities are highlighted in the snapshots provided in this section.